There was a great comedy show that was on in the '70s. My brother and I loved this show and would laugh until we just about died. We loved to recite the skits all the time and still crack each other up today with the same lines.
If you guessed SNL back when Blushi, Ackroyd, Curtain, Chase, etc. were on and it was good - well, that would be a good guess! But - not right. Or - if you guessed Monty Python and the Flying Circus, that would also be a great guess. BTW - I got the entire set of CD's of all the episodes of that for a birthday awhile back - THAT was a great gift! But, no - that also isn't right.
No - I'm talking about a great little show that came out of Canada... SCTV (Second City TV). It was comedy concept show about the programs and behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a cheesy, low-budget TV station. It starred John Candy, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis, Martin Short and Dave Thomas. It was incredibly funny and very off-the-wall. They just had canned audience laughter which just added to the uniqueness of it.
Anyway - it was a great show with a kind of cult following at the time. I highly recommend it - there are Youtube videos to watch and boxed sets that you can buy on the web. If you're looking for a Christmas gift for someone who like the show, they're not too expensive! It may be an acquired taste, but I think it's Great stuff!